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2017-2019 Cycle : Steering Committee

His Highness the Aga Khan

His Highness the Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, is the 49th hereditary Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. In Islam’s ethical tradition, religious leaders not only interpret the faith but also have a responsibility to help improve the quality of life in their community and in the societies amongst which they more

David Adjaye OBE

Sir David Adjaye Obe is recognised as a leading architect of his generation. In 2000, he founded Adjaye Associates, which now has offices in London, New York and Accra working on projects in the USA, UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle more

Mohammad al-Asad

Mohammad al-Asad is a Jordanian architect and architectural historian. He is the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment in Amman. more

Emre Arolat

Emre Arolat is the design partner of EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture, founded with Gonca Paşolar in 2004 as the continuation of an architectural practice that began when he started as an associate designer at his parents’ studio, Arolat Architects, in 1987read more

Francesco Bandarin

Francesco Bandarin is an architect and urban planner. He graduated in architecture from the Institute of Architecture of Venice (IUAV) and has a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, more

Hanif Kara

Hanif Kara is a practicing structural engineer and Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is co-founder of AKT II London, where his design-led approach and interest in innovative forms, sustainable construction and complex analysis methods have allowed him to work on many pioneering more

Azim Nanji

Azim Nanji is Special Advisor to the Provost at the Aga Khan University, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa, a joint partnership between His Highness the Aga Khan and the Government of Canada. He was born in Nairobi, Kenya and attended schools in Kenya and Tanzania before graduating from Makerere University in Ugandread more

Nasser Rabbat

Nasser Rabbat is the Aga Khan Professor and Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT.  His interests include Islamic architecture, urban history, heritage studies, Arab history, contemporary Islamic art, and post-colonial criticism.  He has published numerous articles and several books on topics ranging from Mamluk architecture to Antique Syria, 19th century Cairo, Orientalism, and urbicide.  read more

Brigitte Shim

Brigitte Shim is a principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and a professor at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Professor Shim and her partner A. Howard Sutcliffe founded their design practice Shim-Sutcliffe in 1994, enabling them to explore their shared interest and passion for the interrelated scales of architecture, landscape, furniture and fittingread more

Marina Tabassum

Marina Tabassum is the principal of Marina Tabassum Architects (MTA), founded in 2005 and based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She graduated in 1995 from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and co-founded URBANA the same year. Notable projects from the partnership include the Independence Monument of Bangladesh and Liberation War Museum, which was completed in more